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Planners reject €30m shopping complex anchored by Tesco and Decathlon

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An architect’s impression of how Kingston Cross would have looked.

An Bord Pleanála has turned down plans for a €30 million shopping complex off the Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra – ruling that it would be “deficient and substandard in quality” and could be a traffic hazard.

Last year, project backers Lioncor Developments – a company ultimately owned by Alanis Capital and the US vulture fund Oaktree Capital, which also owns Gateway Retail Park on the opposite side of the Western Distributor Road – sought permission to develop ‘Kingston Cross’, to be anchored by Tesco and sports retail giant Decathlon.

When Galway City Council planners turned down the proposal, the development company, 1 Kingston Land Ltd, appealed to An Bord Pleanála, accusing the Council of resisting any form of development on the lands and claimed feedback they received was “not fit for purpose”.

In a scathing attack on city planners, the design team for Kingston Cross told An Bord Pleanála there was a “hostile reception” to their proposals for the 17-acre greenfield site opposite Aldi and the new Lidl.

And they said that at a meeting with city planners prior to lodging the planning application, some people present admitted they had only just looked at the plans that morning.

In response, the Council outlined Aa number of pertinent facts”, including that a single pre-planning meeting was held online and planners issued their comments to the developer on April 29, 2021.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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